• Covington running back Jamarion Dowell looks for a hole in the defense during a home win last Friday against Bolivar. Photo by Phil Ramsey

Covington’s Region 7-3A opener at home against Bolivar last Friday was not expected to be very competitive … and it was not.

The Chargers (3-0 overall, 1-0 Region 7-3A) scored touchdowns on all seven of their first-half possessions and the Covington defense was lights out in a 48-7 win.

Long runs by senior tailback Marcus Hayes provided most of the excitement for the Charger fans in attendance.


After a 40-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, Hayes got loose for 43 yards and another score moments later to push the score to 41-0. Hayes also scored on a pair of short runs in the first quarter and finished with 147 yards.

He got five carries and scored on four of them. The other carry netted 52 yards.

Covington sophomore Jamarion Dowell ran four times for 72 yards, including a two-yard TD run in the first quarter that made the score 14-0.

Senior quarterback Carson Ruffin threw the ball just twice. His first attempt went for 20 yards and a touchdown to senior Dalton Dickerson.

Junior fullback Eumorrion Flowers (five carries, 32 yards) scored Covington’s final touchdown with a nine-yard run late in the second quarter.

Bolivar (0-3, 0-1) simply had no answer for Covington’s rushing attack. The Chargers racked up 383 yards on 29 carries for a gaudy 13-yards-per-carry average.Ā Covington is averaging 7.7 yards per carry through three games.

Covington held Bolivar to 126 yards (all rushing), most of which came in the second half against Covington’s second-stringers.

The Chargers travel down Highway 51 this Friday for a non-region game against Brighton, which is 2-1 after defeating Millington last week.


Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland